Ideas and views from across the left
Richard Bridge, 18 Aug 2014
Food banks help local authorities evade their responsibilities to benefit claimants. We must be careful of legitimising the notion of hunger as a matter for charity and depoliticising debate on the right to food.
Ellie O’Hagan, 8 Aug 2014
In June the leading economist Thomas Piketty joined Class at Parliament to discuss his work with Labour peer and Senior Adviser to Ed Miliband Lord Stewart Wood in front of an audience of MPs and policy makers. Here are the reactions.
Zoe Adams, Simon Deakin, 8 Aug 2014
The Institute of Employment Rights has released a new publication entitled 'Re-regulating Zero Hours Contracts.' Here co-author Zoe Adams outlines the key points.
Shelly Asquith, 4 Aug 2014
This is the latest scramble to find a solution to the loans crisis, and potentially even more problematic than the now buried proposal of selling it off to private companies. Marketising education is an experiment which has cost the taxpayer more, not less, and saddled a generation of people with a debt they will likely never pay off.
Professor Prem Sikka, 31 Jul 2014
The government has unveiled proposals to defer or revoke bankers' bonuses in the event of misconduct. These proposals may soothe public anxieties, but they don't address the toxic banking culture which led to the financial crisis of 2008.
Polly Neate, 29 Jul 2014
Women's organisations created the Domestic Violence Law Reform Campaign to make domestic violence a specific offence. Only when society recognises domestic violence as a pattern of control, and not a one-off incident, will victims no longer be stigmatised and services no longer be provided of vital long-term funding.
Richard Simcox, 28 Jul 2014
As passport office staff strike for another 24 hours, PCS Press Officer Richard Simcox sheds some light on the internal workings of the dispute.
Matt Hawkins, 22 Jul 2014
Gingerbread’s latest report, Paying the Price: The long road to recovery, reveals how this dangerous cocktail of recession and cutbacks has particularly harmed single parent incomes and their job prospects.
Dave Arnold, 21 Jul 2014
Securing the future of our public services is a manifesto for the future of our public services, produced by Unison. It outlines in detail the challenges faced by public services, identifies key priorities and suggests solutions for the future.
Zorana Halpin, 18 Jul 2014
After the Department for Work and Pensions released its impact assessment on the bedroom tax this week; Shelter looks at the key facts.
Mick Whelan, 11 Jul 2014
Privatisation has been a failure. Pledging to nationalise the railways would help Labour win the 2015 general election.
Alice Donald, 10 Jul 2014
Human rights are integral to ensuring the government is legally and morally responsible to its citizens. he government's socio-economic obligations are real and binding – and fundamental to the protection of human dignity.
Mark Serwotka, 9 Jul 2014
PCS members have seen their incomes plummet as a result of cuts to pensions and income. It's time to take action.
James Bloodworth, 2 Jul 2014
The widening gap between rich and poor reflects a decline in trade union power, so argue the authors of the bestselling book The Spirit Level
Joy Johnson, 24 Jun 2014
TTIP is a free trade agreement unlike any other, and its consequences could be disastrous.
Ellie O’Hagan, 19 Jun 2014
Class Media and Communications Officer Ellie O'Hagan gives her view on the launch of the IPPR's The Condition of Britain
Professor Costas Lapavitsas, 18 Jun 2014
The structural problems within the UK and other mature economies were brought to the surface during and after the financial crisis of 2007-9. In my new paper for Class, I argue that these problems are inherent to contemporary mature capitalism and have to do, above all, with the process of financialisation and the state’s active role in supporting this process.
Ellie O’Hagan, 17 Jun 2014
Howard Reed, 12 Jun 2014
Howard Reed, who recently debunked an attack on Thomas Piketty in the Financial Times, explains the significance of Piketty's bestseller.
Ellie O’Hagan, 11 Jun 2014
Thomas Piketty’s seminal work, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, has soared to the top of the Bestsellers’ Chart and sparked debate amongst commentators, economists and politicians across the world. But at nearly 700 pages, and stuffed with cultural references from Disney to Jane Austen, what is Piketty actually arguing?